If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to suffer from back pain, you won’t need anybody to describe to you just how debilitating and excruciatingly painful the condition can be. If not, then count your blessings because back pain is not something you will ever want to experience if you can help it. Unfortunately, 3 out of 4 people will experience back pain in some form or another, so knowing what it is, and how to address it, will help you recover more quickly. Like most things in life, however, people often get their facts twisted, and the subject of back pain is no exception. To help clear things up once and for all, here’s a look at four myths associated with back pain.
Your Back is Fragile
This is one of the most common myths when it comes to back pain, and it is simply not true. People often think that the back is extremely vulnerable and fragile and that it should be protected at all times when in reality the back is very robust.
Back Pain is Inevitable When We Grow Older
Again, this is simply not true. A lot of people believe that once you grow old, your back will begin to deteriorate and that you’ll constantly have to deal with back pain and back issues. In reality, you might not. Of course, you may be slightly more vulnerable when you grow older, but taking care of your back earlier in life, reduces the chance of having to deal with back issues later on.
Back Pain is Always Due to Injury
Another common myth associated with back pain is that anybody dealing with back pain must be dealing with some injury or illness. In fact, however, sometimes back pain can start for no plausible reason at all. Lumbago, which is an acute lower back pain, is very common yet there is no apparent cause for the condition. People may simply wake up one day and begin suffering from lumbago, which can last several weeks, and all of a sudden the condition will correct itself. Put simply, just because you have back pain, this does not mean that you are dealing with a back injury.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Cure Back Pain
This is another very common myth, and it too is not true! When people suffer from a backache, they often take an anti-inflammatory painkiller which helps dull the pain. However, all these drugs do is relieve inflammation in the body, and mask the pain, rather than addressing what causes it.
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